If you like Monopoly but would prefer it without all the thinking, friendship ruining, and endless play, then Advance to Boardwalk might be the game for you. There isn't a lot to it, hence why you don't need to be the sharpest crayon in the box to play, but you still get that rousing experience of buying some property that Monopoly gives you.
First, a quick overview.
All you have to do is roll 3 dice each turn. Yupp. That's it. (Didn't I say it was exciting?) Two are regular dice and one has colored squares and a "W" (for wild, go figure) and "F" (which let's you draw a Fortune card) on it.
The regular dice give you money which you immediately use to buy spots to build your hotels on, and guess where you build...go on, guess! If you said on the respective space for the color you rolled, then you must be a psychic. You build up hotels until one player either runs out of pieces, or reaches the end of the board. There's a few more mechanics, such as playing the Fortune cards to steal property or gain some other advantage, but in general, that's it.
There's a lot of hobbies out there, and some are undeniably better than others (like having a stamp collection is better than a cocaine habit, you can't deny it). But one of the best things to get into is board games, and I should know! After all the games I've played, I've come up with 5 solid reasons to tell you why getting into board games is a good life choice that you should make.
1. It's Fun.
This is obvious. Probably shouldn't even have to say it, but I feel like there's still some people sitting out there going Wow, board games are dumb. No. They aren't. Maybe some run-of-the-mill games get a little tired and boring, but there are so many board games out there (I've played over 120 different ones myself) that have interesting back-stories in their rule books, as well as in-game "flavor text" which can include character roles and abilities, witty character dialogue, or just more story elements. (Have you ever wanted to wield a katana while making puns? Well your ninja-esque character might get to. Read the flavor text. It's entertaining.)
2. Mental Agility
A lot of board games make you think, probably more than most people do in an average day. It gets the gears in your brain going and exercises it in a different way than scrolling mindlessly through websites or even reading a book. Games allow you to strategize, think ahead, and sometimes even work as a team. Your brain will thank you for letting it stretch and think beyond one 140 character sentence at a time.
3. Making Friends
As you could probably guess, I hope, most (*all) games are designed with more than one player in mind. So you have to make friends in order to play! (Just talk to people. I promise, most of them won't bite). Local game stores will also often have open-gaming nights (google it, it exists) for you to come play random games with random people! Everyone's only a stranger until they're a friend, after all.